CLASS OF 2015
1961 FOOTBALL TEAM
The 1961 Lyons Varsity Football Team coached by Jake Burroughs and assisted by Frank Lawrence and Gene “Rip” DePorter was said to be the best ever to come out of Lyons. They had the first undefeated season since 1936 going 8-0.
They started the season with a convincing 32-7 win over Homer, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. Next, they started Wayne-Finger Lakes competition against a powerful Mynderse Academy Team. With only two minutes remaining Lyons scored on a 12 yard run by Paul DeJohn. Lyons won the game 6-0 and that touchdown proved to be the only points allowed by Mynderse the whole season. The team continued the season with victories over Mt. Carmel, Geneva, DeSales, Penn Yan and Waterloo.
The final game of the season was against arch-rival the Clyde Blue Devils. It was a hard fought game, with the only score coming on a 40 yard pass from Joe Arnitz to Dave Fratangelo resulting in a 6-0 victory and an undefeated season. Lyons scored 144 points and only gave up 27 during the season.
Many players on the team went on to be named All-Conference members. Joe Holly was given Honorable Mention by the Sporting News National High School All-America Football Team.
Four members of the team have already been inducted into the Lyons Hall of Fame as individuals, Joe Arnitz, Dave Fratangelo, Joe Holly and Gary Tunnison.